Problem: draw the lone pairs of the following structure


I was completing some problems from my textbook and found that the answer of this problem seemed incorrect to me.

From my limited understanding, carbon atoms with a negative formal charge must have 5 electrons (3 bonds and 1 lone pair), but this answer didn't match up with this rule.

I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what I'm missing here.


The hydrogen atoms are not shown, so this is really $\ce{CH3CH2CH2CH2-}$ where the rightmost carbon atom has a lone pair and a formal negative charge.

The species is the n-butyl anion:

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    $\begingroup$ Oh my god, I completely forgot about that! I feel like such an idiot right now haha. Thank you so much! $\endgroup$ – Jack Sep 17 '16 at 3:07
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  • $\begingroup$ @Martin-マーチン Alright, removed and noted. $\endgroup$ – DHMO Sep 17 '16 at 5:08

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